one-off Silani SJ96 was designed and built in 1996 by former AGS race
engineer Jean Silani. Based around a carbon-fibre monocoque that was built
by Duqueine (q.v.) in Villeurbanne it employed some advanced
aerodynamic thinking in its design, it was very slim with a high nose
and low sidepods and used an Alfa Romeo engine which mated to a Hewland
gearbox via a Silani designed, AGS built, combined oil tank and bellhousing.
Sadly the Silani was funded by Jean Silani's savings and despite much
needed non-financial help from AGS there was insufficient funds to develop
the car and Jean Silani decided it was better to quit before the car bankrupted
him and other than Cyrille Sauvage taking ninth in an end of season race
at Paul Ricard results were poor.
Thanks to Peter Wyss for additional information.